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From the Editor…

UP FRONT…  “Happy birthday, Porsche. Our favourite manufacturer is 70-years old and we start the celebrations here”

Seventy years old! No, I’m not there, just yet, but Porsche as a manufacturer is. The very first Porsche 356/1 was registered for road use in Austria on June 8th, 1948 and so fittingly we are commencing our own journey through Porsche’s 70-year history in this the June issue of 911&PW (yes, I know we publish in May, but that’s just one of the quirks of the magazine world).

Looking ahead, we will be embarking on a decade-by-decade, yearby- year trip, which, in keeping with Porsche’s progress, will start off at a brisk pace and culminate in mind-bogglingly rapid progress as the future becomes the present.

“It’s been a privilege to professionally write about Porsche for 10+years”

From my own perspective it’s been a privilege to professionally write about Porsche, both historically and contemporarily, for 10+years, although as a Porsche owner I go back 20-years, and maybe more if you include the somewhat tenuous link of my first car being a Beetle.

But then I come from a Porsche owning family. My sis has a Cayman, my dad a 997 C4S. Most of my petrolhead friends own, or have owned, Porsches, and the majority of motoring journos choose a Porsche as their own wheels of choice. None of the aforementioned – me included – owns a Porsche because it looks good (although most do), or we desire to be seen in one. It goes much, much deeper than that. Driving and owning a Porsche gets under your skin. The first cars that rolled out of Gmund in 1948 were an engineering triumph over post war adversity, and much of the DNA remains today. It’s a major part of what makes them special.

Steve Bennett
Email: porscheworld@chpltd.com


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